Getting Real With Connie Solidad

Spring has arrived and that means it’s time to knock off the winter dust and get your world clean and organized once again. As you tackle your spring cleaning it’s also a great time to earn extra cash. Beyond just digging the change out of your couch, there are plenty of ways to turn your cleaning efforts into a little extra money that can help improve your finances.

The following list provides some easy ways to earn cash as you get organized for Spring:

  • Have a yard sale. Depending on where you live, yard sales and garage sales can still make a fair amount of cash. As you clean your home, make two piles of your old unwanted items—one for junk and one for a yard sale. If you have a storage unit, spring is also a great time to go through your stored items and make sure you still want to keep everything. Once you have everything gathered, put up signs a week in advance and let people around the neighborhood know you’re having a sale so they can spread the word.
  • Sell items on eBay. If you live in a condo or apartment—or you simply don’t live in an area where yard sales make money—you can sell your items through eBay or other online resale websites. If you decide to sell online, make sure to take pictures of the items and give detailed accurate descriptions that will entice potential buyers without misleading them.
  • Take old clothes and jewelry to a second hand shop or consignment store. If you don’t want to take a weekend for a yard sale or put your items up online, there is a third option that works especially well for clothing and jewelry. Second hand and consignment stores will buy your old clothes or jewelry and/or agree to sell them for a portion of the price. This option can be especially good for kids’ clothing, which they often outgrow before the clothes wear out.
  • Sell old and unwanted gift cards. Often people get gift cards at birthdays and holidays then either forget they have them or simply can’t think of any way to use them—particularly if it’s for a restaurant or store you don’t usually frequent. If you find unused gift cards around your house as you’re spring cleaning, consider selling them online on a gift card exchange website. You can get extra cash in place of gift cards you don’t really want.

Whichever method you choose, once you have your extra cash in hand the next step is to decide what to do with it. While it may be tempting to turn around and buy something new, a better use of the money would be to use it as a means to improve your budget. If you use the cash to pay off debt on your credit card, you can decrease your monthly credit card payments. This, in turn, frees up more money in your budget that can either be used to pay off more debt or improve your savings. Little by little, the extra bit of cash you earned in your spring cleaning can be used to improve your financial situation. You can have an organized world and better finances, too!

Connie Solidad is an expert in the field of financial planning and a contributing expert at MomsGetReal. She has worked for several years at Consolidated Credit . She assists people in debt management plans, and credit counseling. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her kids and her two dogs in Tampa, Florida.